Taiwanese Apple-focused forum Apple.pro has leaked what appears to be an iPad 3 part, pictured bellow. The machine-translated description mentions a part labeled “821-1259-06″ which looks a lot like a dock connector with the accompanying ribbon cable attached to it. The ribbon cable itself makes a 90-degree turn whereas it was straight on iPad 1 and 2. This in itself indicates some design changes of the next iPad’s internals. For comparison, the iPad 2′s dock connector is labeled “821-1180-A”, the site observes.
It’s interesting that “821-1259-06″ is a white plug, unlike the black connector found on both black and white iPad 2. This is what led to the speculation that the next iPad might arrive in black and white and with matching dock connectors.
The component is said to be sourced from Apple’s “internal inventory” and leaked by an unnamed source.